Module summary

Module code: BUIL1269
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Design
Module Coordinator(s): Roy Hills / George Agyekum-Mensah / Maryam Sheikholeslami


Pre and co requisites

Successful completion of Level 4 modules.


The ability to analyse and measure construction work forms a major core skill for quantity surveyors and others involved in the quantification and valuation of construction work.
This course:
• introduces and develops analytical and problem-solving skills relating to the measurement and quantification of simple construction work;
• adopts a competency learning approach to the development and assessment of the skills;
• introduce and develop the basic techniques and principles of measurement and quantification of construction work utilising industry standards;
• developing the ability to understand construction drawings and to quantify the work contained therein;
• gaining knowledge and application of the published rules of measurement;

Learning outcomes

To become a professional, the Quantity Surveyor needs to develop several skills, understand different concepts and appreciate techniques used by other professionals within the built environment.

1 Measurement of building construction in accordance with the New Rules of Measurement;
2 Analyse and evaluate construction information in relation to various projects,
demonstrating technical ability
3 Appreciate the philosophy and importance of co-ordinated project information;
4 Demonstrate collaborative working skills

Indicative content

• Understand measurement in accordance with new rules of measurement NRM2.
• Taking off principles including centre line/mean girth and gross measurement approach
• Developing the techniques of taking off and mensuration using industry standard of recording measurements utilising dimension paper.
• Carrying out taking-off of building construction; measuring the sub-structures and superstructure including: Foundation, Floors, External & Internal walls, Internal finishes, Roof concrete work and Openings.
• Encouraged to draw on skills developed in level 4 and to utilise knowledge gained from other level 5 modules.
• In these exercises use is made of various industry wide materials such as NRM, Spon’s.

Teaching and learning activity

This 15 credit module is delivered in Term 1.
• The delivery is hands‐on and workshop-based approach.
• Sessions are timetabled in stimulating environment that is conducive to learning and teaching and to suit the `practice’ ethos of the module, such as studios, workshop, computer labs where student are encourage to work both; individual & collaboratively on a given project.
• Classes are expected to be very interactive and staff lead with examples which demonstrate principles and assist students on formative work.


Portfolio – Measurement of Case Project: 60% weighting, 40% passmark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 - 4.
Outline Details: Teamwork (with individual responsibility & contribution).

Professional Report - Measurement: 40% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 - 3.
Outline Details: Individual work.

Formative Assessment: In class steering on coursework assignments, interaction at PCs in the computer lab enabling questions and answers around work in progress. Model answers on exercises undertaken in class subsequently posted on Moodle.